From Piano Lessons to Vintage Crochet – Learning new skills in 15-minute sprints

As a budget-conscious Canadian, I can’t afford to take a lot of expensive craft-related courses. Many of the retreats and classes I would like to take are often expensive (that darned exchange rate!) or far away (travel is costly). Instead, I often choose to teach myself.

This can sometimes make learning new skills and crafts slightly more difficult. But whether it’s a historic knitting pattern, vintage crochet, or creating a wardrobe from bygone eras, there are resources online to help. You just need to put yourself in the best position to learn.

Often, I fall back on the methods I learned while taking piano lessons. I studied music in depth for approximately 11 years through the Royal Conservatory of Music program (a non-profit music education institution and performance venue headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada). By the time I left for college, I had attained my Grade 8 performance certificate, and Introduction to Harmony and was starting to teach young students.

Not bad for a person who – by most teachers’ metrics – started late! I was 9 or 10, most kids start around age 5 or 6.

When you boil it down, piano lessons are designed to teach students how to teach themselves, by giving them a vocabulary and technical roadmap to practice at home. Being able to wiggle your fingers in time is only part of the process. The bulk of the work is done by teaching the brain how to train itself by using time, repetition, and interest. By using short practice sessions, or 15-minute sprints, we can give ourselves a solid set of base skills to expand from.

Thank you for watching my little talk on learning new skills, and I hope you have an excellent #CoCoVid!

Extra-special thanks to @abbycox for the use of her Archaic Lady Rap Meme!

00:00 Introduction
00:49 Premise
02:32 Vocabulary
04:08 Time
06:11 Do What You Like
07:19 Find a Guide
12:02 Bite Sized Chunks
16:17 Bringing it Together

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Archaic Lady Rap Meme (Wink) – Used with Permission of Abby Cox
CoCoVid Style Assets by (Instagram)
Beethoven in 1802, painted by Christian Horneman –, Public Domain,

Butterflies in Love – Sir Cubworth
Gymnopedie no 1, composed by Eric Satie – YouTube Audio Library (which has since disappeared from the catalogue. Strange)
Little Prelude and Fugue – Sir Cubworth

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in Dm, BWV 565
Performed by Paul Pittman – Public Domain Mark 1.0 under a Creative Commons license.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 14 in C-sharp minor ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Op. 27 no. 2 – I. Adagio Sostenuto
Performed by Paul Pittman – Public Domain Mark 1.0 under a Creative Commons license.

Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9 no. 2
Performed by Frank Levy – Public Domain Mark 1.0 under a Creative Commons license.

Mozart: Sonata.No. 16 in C major – Internet Archive via
Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0

Divertissement by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (

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